Tea-makers with eyes on Brighton get royal approval after meeting with Prince Charles (From The Argus)
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Tea-makers with eyes on Brighton get royal approval after meeting with Prince Charles
A tea company which has gone from bedroom fantasy to profitable start-up celebrated its first birthday with a visit from Prince Charles.
Bluebird Tea Co. is the UK’s first tea company specialising in ‘Tea Mixology’ and creates its own unique blends such as strawberry cheesecake, gingerbread and lemon sherbet.
It was set up by 25-year-old partners Krisi Smith and Mike Turner who met at university.
The tea trendsetters set up in Brighton because of the residents’ open-mindedness to new ideas – and they found a fan in HRH Prince of Wales.
‘Chief teabird’ Krisi said: “We were told Prince Charles could only speak for 30 seconds but he stayed with us for five minutes, smelling our blends and talking about tea.
“He loved our rhubarb and custard tea and after smelling ‘Mowgli’s Fire Chai’, ‘Ankara Apple’ and ‘Coffee Pu’erh’ asked if he could take them with him!”
The tea mixologists were chosen to represent young entrepreneurs as part of the Big Connect event in London, which promotes enterprise and networking.
The idea for the company came after Krisi, who had experience in the tea industry, worked at an innovative tea company in Canada.
The inspired pair returned to the UK and went about setting up Bluebird Tea Co.
Their unique blends are sold mostly from stalls, festivals and online – but the partners are now in the process of signing a deal for a shop in Brighton.
Krisi said: “We found people in Brighton were very much up for trying new things, loved independent food and drink and tended to be quite trend-setting. Also people tend to be happier living by the sea and more open to leisure time.”
As well as warm teas the company sells ice drinks and even cocktails.
While many of the tea leaves that make up the blends are imported they are hoping to create a Sussex blend using locally-grown herbs.
The company do the Wednesday market at Churchill Square, and monthly farmers’ markets in Brighton, Lewes and Worthing.
For more information go to bluebirdteaco.com
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